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Artificial Brain Cells Could Help Combat Diseases Like Alzheimer’s

Per the latest science advancement, scientists have finally configured how to recreate artificial brain cells in tiny computer chips by figuring out how to decode actual brain cells, which could help combat diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Artificial Brain Cells

As per a press release made by the University of Bath, these tiny artificial neurons can potentially help change the way the medical devices work. This is mostly because while they require only a billionth of the energy that microprocessors need to function, they can still properly replicate healthy biological activity.

And now, according to a research published Tuesday in the scientific journal Nature Communications, these artificial brain cells can successfully replicate the behavior of rat neurons, all from two very specific regions in the brain. In the past, doing this has been impossible because while a neuron’s movement is less predictable, it still behaves like how an electrical circuit would if it’s in our body.

“Until now neurons have been like black boxes, but we have managed to open the black box and peer inside. Our work is paradigm changing because it provides a robust method to reproduce the electrical properties of real neurons in minute detail,” University of Bath physicist Alain Nogaret said.

“Recreating biological activity is exciting because it opens up enormous opportunities for smarter medical devices that drive towards personalized medicine approaches to a range of diseases and disabilities,” Julian Paton, a physiologist at the universities of Auckland and Bristol, added.

According to them, the ultimate goal of these new artificial neurons is to build medical devices that can better serve the needs of patients, as well as give way to new potential medical technology that can help save lives better. It also aims to upgrade medical devices so that they are more in tune with our bodies, such as a pacemaker that can respond better to the stressors and demands of the heart it’s attached to, or help detect chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s before they even start to develop and produce symptoms.

All in all, the artificial cells represent a new lead in medical technology.

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